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Israeli Ambassador to UN: Abbas Not Dedicated to Peace

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is insincere when he says he wants peace, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said on Tue. 11 Feb. 2020 at a UN Security Council meeting. The assembly was called to address the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan. The ambassador also called for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. “If Abbas was truly interested in peace, he wouldn’t be here, he would be in Jerusalem,” Danon said, referring to former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat speaking in the Knesset before signing a peace treaty with Israel. "Abbas says he wants sovereignty for the Palestinian people, but he has done everything to avoid it. The call for sovereignty has become a battle call, rather than an actual goal, a way to keep the conflict alive,” said Danon. He also accused the international community of encouraging Abbas’ “rejectionism” by way of their UN voting patterns and by calling for pre1967 lines to be the basis of negotiations. “They apply preconditions that directly contradict previous agreements between the sides,” he said, pointing out that Israel and the PLO agreed in the past that future borders would be determined via negotiations. “Why should he negotiate for us, when you’re negotiating for him?” Danon also praised USA President Donald Trump’s “sane approach” in trying a different way to make peace and not “accepting out-of-date concepts and a formula that has failed for over 70 years.” (J. Post/VFI News)